You can’t resist a bird’s-eye view of the Lower East Side, especially with Hotel Chantelle’s blackberry sour in hand.
Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, between Broome and Delancey Streets (212-254-9100 or hotelchantelle.com).
The rooftop bar at New York’s Italian go-to spot brews its own beer. Swing by Birreria and order a pint, pronto.
Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, at West 23rd Street (212-937-8910 or eataly.com).
This turn-of-the-century-inspired gem overlooking Gramercy Park offers refuge from bustling city streets.
Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Avenue, between East 21st and East 22nd Streets (212-201-2171 or gramercyparkhotel.com).
When you see the skyline from Z Hotel’s rooftop lounge, you’ll fall in love with New York all over again.
Z Hotel, 11-01 43rd Avenue, at 11th Street, Long Island City (212-319-7000 or zhotelny.com).
Hit the rooftop of this neighborhood spot on sunny days, or relax in front of its giant, indoor television when there’s rain (or when your favorite team is playing).
Berry Park, 4 Berry Street, at North 14th Street, Williamsburg (718-782-2829 or berryparkbk.com).
Revisit your groupie days and bob your head to performances at this low-key Brooklyn joint.
The Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Avenue, between Carroll and President Streets, Gowanus (718-230-5740 or therockshopny.com).
Don’t let the highway overpass fool you: Williamsburg’s Night of Joy wins with cozy, kitschy charm.
Night of Joy, 667 Lorimer Street, at Meeker Avenue, Williamsburg (718-388-8693 or nightofjoybar.com).
The James Hotel’s rustically elegant David Burke Kitchen stays true to its locavore roots while giving you a taste (and view) of the high life.
The James New York, 23 Grand Street, between Thompson Street and Sixth Avenue (212-201-9119 or davidburkekitchen.com).
Saving for a trip to France could take awhile, but the très Parisien rooftop at Juliette should tide you over.
Juliette, 135 North Fifth Street, at Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg (718-388-9222 or juliettewilliamsburg.com).
Literary types sip cocktails like the Great Gatsby and the Capote at the Library Hotel lounge.
Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue, at 41st Street (212-983-4500 or libraryhotel.com).
A floor-to-ceiling glass wall opens onto the terrace of Dream Downtown’s penthouse dance destination, creating the illusion of a floating disco.
Dream Downtown, 355 West 16th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues (212-229-2559 or dreamdowntown.com).
Not for the easily intimidated, Gansevoort Park Rooftop spans three levels (20,000 square feet) and packs up to 1,200 people on any given night.
Gansevoort Park Rooftop, 420 Park Avenue South, at East 29th Street (212-929-0067 or gansevoortparkrooftop.com).
Wrap up an afternoon at the museum with martinis, hors d’oeuvres, and breathtaking views of Central Park.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, at East 82nd Street (212-535-7710 or metmuseum.org).
For a true tour d’art, head to Hudson Terrace, where both the interior design and the cocktail menu are masterpieces.
Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street, between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues (212-315-9400 or hudsonterracenyc.com).
Heat up and cool down simultaneously while sipping spicy margaritas at Trump Soho’s rooftop bar and pool.
Trump Soho, 246 Spring Street, at Varick Street (212-842-5500 or trumpsohohotel.com).
After discovering the bathing suit vending machine, you can’t refuse a dip in Le Bain’s rooftop hot tub.
The Standard Hotel, 444 West 13th Street, between Washington Street and Tenth Avenue (212-645-4646 or lebainnewyork.com).
Chef David Andrews serves small plates at this otherworldly Midtown hotspot.
Kimberly Hotel, 145 East 50th Street, between Third and Lexington Avenues (212-888-1220 or upstairsnyc.com).
New York’s largest hotel terrace features two bars, cabanas, fire pits, and a brunch that brings you back in the morning.
Yotel New York, 570 Tenth Avenue, at West 42nd Street (646-449-7700 or yotel.com).
Grab a nightcap (try the gingery El Diablo) at this baroque living room in the sky.
XVI, 251 West 48th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue (212-956-1300 or xviny.com).
Sip a lychee and passion fruit Ning Sling cocktail while relaxing on a Chinese-style daybed at The Peninsula.
The Peninsula New York, 700 Fifth Avenue, at East 55th Street (212-903-3097 or peninsula.com).
Hudson Hotel’s guest- and invite-only landscaped deck is reason enough to check into a room.
Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues (212-554-6000 or hudsonhotel.com).
Modeled after a ’70s-era New York pub, Jimmy has a 360-degree view of, well, everything.
The James New York, 15 Thompson Street, at Grand Street (212-201-9118 or jimmysoho.com).
The social hub at Six Columbus Hotel has you covered (literally) with a retractable roof and a Blue Ribbon Sushi outpost.
Six Columbus Hotel, 6 Columbus Circle (212-204-3000 or thompsonhotels.com).
It may be prettier than the prototypical steakhouse, but STK serves serious carnivore cuisine.
STK New York, 26 Little West 12th Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets (646-624-2444 or stkhouse.com).
Seasonal fare reaches new heights at Ink48’s Press Lounge, complete with exhilarating city views.
Ink48, 653 Eleventh Avenue, at West 48th Street (212-757-2224 or ink48.com).
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